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DCSS finance panel gets Title I update

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County School System Finance Committee met Tuesday and received Title I corrective action updates from Executive Director of Finance and Operational Services Ken Dyer.

Dyer said the district and the State Department of Education had agreed to a $91,000 reimbursement (down from $167,000) in questionable Title I expenditures from Fiscal Year 2011 and a $106,000 repayment for an unallowable administrator's salary in the the Teacher Quality program.

"We are making progress," Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely said in regard to resolving the system's title programs issues with the state. "It's not moving fast enough to suit me, but it is progress. And unfortunately, it's cost us a lot of time and money we could have used elsewhere."

The DOE's cross-functional monitoring team is expected to visit the school system early next month. The inspection team was the same one that visited last May. That visit led to a litany of Title I problems for the district resulting in numerous reimbursements and eventually led to the ouster of former superintendent Joshua Murfree.

"Next month's meetings are absolutely important," Mosely said. "To be honest, right now our biggest problem with the state is convincing them that we are doing the right things and we want to move on from this mess."

As the June FY 2014 budget deadline draws nearer, the committee agreed to meet twice monthly until the spending plan comes together.

The next committee meetings were set for 8:30 a.m. April 16 and 30.

After the meeting was adjourned, Dyer was asked about what will happen to the 177 administrators, teachers and staff at Sylvester Road (56), Dougherty Middle (62) and Magnolia Elementary (59), which are scheduled for closure at the end of this school year.

"Nobody's going to lose their jobs. We're not going to lay anybody off because of this," Dyer said. "The teachers will move with the students. The custodial staff will fill open and substitute positions at other schools."

Last month, the School Board, citing the district's declining enrollment numbers and a money crunch, voted 5-2 to shutter Dougherty Middle and Sylvester Road and to repurpose Magnolia Elementary.

DCSS officials say the moves will save the district $2 million a year and $11 million in SPLOST (special-purpose local-option sales tax) money, which can then be used at other schools.

Sylvester Road's students will be reassigned to Turner and Jackson Heights elementary schools.

Comments

agirl_25 1 year ago

I wonder if the Albany teachers are going to be worried now that some Atlanta teachers have been indicted over the test cheating scandal. I read one of the people arrested had a $1,000,000.00 bond set. Yes that is one million dollars so someone is serious. Even the former Georgia Attorney General is involved in prosecuting the sorry excuses for teachers. I guess the thing that caught my eye in this article was the statement in the second paragraph about unallowable administrator's salary in the the Teacher Quality program. Now that is hilarious..hahahaha...quality my arse.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/02/justice/georgia-cheating-scandal/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Sister_Ruby 1 year ago

"No weapon formed against the Albany cheaters shall prosper!!"

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straightface 1 year ago

Amen! Amen!! Amen!! Send it back to the sender..

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Sister_Ruby 1 year ago

You realize that I'm just quoting the mindless, ethically bankrupt morons who defended the cheathing teachers, right? And who disgraced the Word of God by using such a quote, right?

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GeeGee 1 year ago

The superintendent in Fulton Co. got a $200,000 bonus and they had parties at the same time they were changing the students responses. If this was so, then they need jail time. Big government money was involved. What the media does not tell you, is that the schools get $1000's of dollars of bonus money for improvement too. This is not hard to do when the powers that be are erasing the answers. It was not just prompting the kids.

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RedEric 1 year ago

It sounds like Mr. Mosely is having a problem with unqualified people who don't have a clue how to follow his demands. People were obviously promoted for reasons other than qualifications.

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1d2ec 1 year ago

Does anyone know how much our last Superintendent and those who choose him cost the tax payers and students?

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GG126 1 year ago

....And the superintendent before our last superitendent? This has been going on for a long time.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year ago

Mr. Dyer is doing a good job so far. He keeps us informed on the financial issues facing our school system and corrective measures in place. I just hope this paper continues to treat him fairly and report the news from a non-biased perspective, so we can continue to get the correct facts and information we need about the financial status of the DCSS.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year ago

We all need to be supporting Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely also. He is the one who has to deal with an angry public and the State and Fed folks while trying to right this sinking ship.

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agirl_25 1 year ago

I don't even live in DoCo but am pulling for Mosely. I know his job is not going to be an easy one but hope he can turn the system around and as you said, hopefully right the sinking ship.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year ago

I think he's being honest and objective. A rare commodity in SoWeGa.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year ago

PS bsrn.......you should try it..........you might like it.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year ago

Final word to bsrn......Mr Dyer hails from Stanford University? Home of Condi Rice and Thomas Sowell............he's been taught right.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year ago

He went to ASU......thats why he is AWESOME!!!

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year ago

Some of you are obviously pulling for Mosely b/c he is __..............so typical!!!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year ago

Fill in the blank: a Professional? Competent? Qualified? Capable? Doing the Right Things?

Yes bsrn all the above.

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FryarTuk 1 year ago

Some of you are obviously pulling for Mosely b/c he is SUCCEEDING!

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